Oil Spill: Birds frozen in oil, Google Earth and OpenLayers

By Peter Chubb - Jun 6, 2010

The oil spill has devastated the Gulf Coast as it spews out from the busted pipe on the ocean bed had had a huge impact on the eco system. Some of us never know how bad things are, but it is only when we see images of birds frozen in oil that we stop to think what BP, other oil companies and us who are dependant on this black gold what damage we are all doing to our planet.

You might wonder why we would be writing something like this on a tech site, well there is a new start-up that has been taking high-res photos of birds and marine life affected by what is now the worst oil disaster in American history. Marcia Stepanek from Justmeans points out that the company plans to create a public record of these images as the oil spreads further.

The nonprofit company has been distributing mapping kits; these consist of a balloon with a helium canister, kite and a cheap Canon camera. You will then need to put all this together with the roll of cotton and paper clips that come with the kit. When up in the air, the camera will take a shot every five seconds, which will then be geo-referenced and will then be put on composite maps.

The result is a huge number of images viewable on Google Earth and OpenLayers. The best part is that these new images taken by citizens have 10,000 times the resolution than those taken by satellites.

Were you one of those who have taken part in this?

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  • selena

    may god be with all who help and care.

  • fahmi tawati

    Juha Sea Tent To contain the oil spill

    God protect us all and God is the helper

    The solution to this problem is very simple and inexpensive steps are as follows ….

    1 – We need very strong type of nylon tent conical shape circular diameter of 500 or 250 meters

    2 – The upper side is closed With a small opening to connect the suction tube to lifting oil to the top

    3 – the other side of the tent were will come down to bottom are filled or loaded with sand or any heavy material in the edges to be installed at the bottom of the sea from the strong currents & it is possible to add heavy iron balls to promote the installation diameter of the tent edges is 1 – -2 —3 diameter circular

    4 – the tent is opened on the sea surface directly above the well and is taken by boats landing by winches marine assigned to carry large weights gradually so that the oil well Gathered inside in the tent

    I think this is a solution …

    In this form or the way we have contained the problem completely,

    God protect us all and God is the helper


    ,,fahmi e tawati,,

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    & … I’m sure the success of the idea

    To all whom it may concern that the solution to this problem is Juha Sea Tent To contain the oil spill…….I’m sure the success I have studied well

    Do it quickly before it is too late…….i,am pray for the success & good lucke to all